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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog post! If you are new to my blog, then be sure to view my page and follow my blog via email or account for more posts like this. If you are a returning reader, then welcome back. This week, I am discussing my thoughts on The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. This book was so good and the connections that I made while reading were insane. I will conduct a spoiler-free as well as a spoiler version below so if you don’t want to know too much before reading this novel, then the spoiler-free section is just for you.


This book was amazing, and I loved getting to get a background read on why Snow is the way he is. This book explains the very moments that lead up to his presidency. There are also so many connections to The Hunger Games and why he does despise Katniss Everdeen. This character is so infuriating because while reading this book, I would find myself rooting for him only to hate him because of the evil that awaits. It is very fun to see a different point of view of this world. To see the laws that govern from the side of the fortunate is so crazy. These kids are raised believing that the things the capitol does id for everyone’s own good. So, is it really their fault?

It is also super cool to see how the games develop throughout the book. This book covers the tenth annual hunger games and it is the first year they will be having Capitol mentors. It also develops as to how sponsors get involved as well as the idea of mutts and unique arena moments. We also get a look into how the games began and the events that in fact inspired the games. Their discussion of the destruction of District 13 is a moment that fully deserves a nervous, awkward laugh. If you love The Hunger Games like I did, then this is an obvious read for you!


This book was insane! The connections that I was ableto make after reading this book absolutely blew my mind. The mockingjay symbol is obviously a sore spot due to Lucy Gray’s references, their shared rebellious nature is very similar, and obviously the songs that Lucy wrote stung a little more when Katniss sings them decades later. I was so happy to see those tunes. I also believe that Snow despised Peeta and Katniss’ relationship because it is the relationship he never got. I kept wondering how Snow was going to get it together because how does a poor man become president? When they mentioned him becoming a second son after Sejanus’ untimely demise it all clicked. Also, his grandmother’s roses and the references to Katniss potatoes were fun to see.

There was so much more going on in my mind while reading this amazing book. I really did not expect Lucy to win, and I definitely did not expect Sejanus to get killed. HE DESERVED MORE!!! It was so interesting to see how the games began and how all of the details and rules got developed over the years. I love the allude to Snow eventually becoming a game maker, and it definitely proves that all of the further developments definitely came from him. I also find it rather funny that it was his idea to involve sponsors and that the president version of Snow probably regrets that decision so hard. Anything to stifle rebellious behavior. Just so many connections and foreshadowing.

Snow lands on top.

Suzanne Collins

I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog post! Be sure to leave a comment below to let me know your thoughts on The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins and like this post. Also, be sure to follow my blog to get notifications on future posts like this. This book was so good, and I hope you enjoyed it too. The connections are absolutely insane! Now I need to reread The Hunger Games. Come back next week for an all new blog post on why I started my blog. See you next time!

Thanks for reading!

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